shrimp

noun
\ ˈshrimp How to pronounce shrimp (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrimp\
plural shrimp or shrimps

Definition of shrimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food also : a small crustacean (such as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimp
2 usually disparaging : a very small or puny person or thing

shrimp

verb
shrimped; shrimping; shrimps

Definition of shrimp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or catch shrimp

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Other Words from shrimp

Noun

shrimplike \ ˈshrimp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce shrimplike (audio) , ˈsrimp-​ \ adjective
shrimpy \ ˈshrim-​pē How to pronounce shrimpy (audio) , ˈsrim-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for shrimp

Synonyms: Noun

diminutive, dwarf, midget, mite, peewee, pygmy (also pigmy), runt, scrub, Tom Thumb

Antonyms: Noun

behemoth, colossus, giant, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, monster, titan

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Examples of shrimp in a Sentence

Noun

He's a little shrimp of a boy. the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Old Bay Mashed Potatoes with Sauteed Shrimp and Sausage," 15 Feb. 2019 Remove and discard tails from reserved shrimp, if any. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "No-Cook Shrimp Rolls," 21 Dec. 2018 That said, there’s certainly value in seeking out natural alternatives to synthetic fibers and dyes — whether they’re made from feces, shrimp, or other natural resources — to address the specific issue of microfiber pollution. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss shrimp, scallions, garlic, and chile with wine, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Roasted Shrimp Scampi," 20 Aug. 2018 Specialties: Kelly’s spicy Asian shrimp, Ivanhoe meat raffle beef and Beelow’s meatballs are signature appetizers. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 Return sausage and shrimp to skillet and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Old Bay Mashed Potatoes with Sauteed Shrimp and Sausage," 15 Feb. 2019 Nestle shrimp in salsa mixture and cook, covered, 3 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Garlicky Fiesta Shrimp," 20 Aug. 2018 Live shrimp or the Vudu Shrimp under a popping cork draws most of the hits, but some bigger trout can be caught in the first hour of daylight on topwaters. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For cocktail hour, there were big harvest tables with Antipasto, crudites, and cheese boards as well as a raw bar with local oysters, local little neck clams, and shrimp cocktail. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Beach Wedding in the Rain: Celia Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky’s Magical North Fork Ceremony," 16 Jan. 2019 Fold in spinach and cook until just beginning to wilt and shrimp are opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes more. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Garlicky Fiesta Shrimp," 20 Aug. 2018 The store's fishmongers can assist with anything from recipe suggestions to shrimp de-veining. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Here's a sneak peek inside Whole Foods, uptown Charlotte's new grocery store," 11 June 2018 By the early eighties, drug dealers were transporting pot and cocaine on shrimping boats from South America to the islands east of Savannah, and officers on the drug task force were taking a cut. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 All the shellfish comes by the pound, so shrimp ends up giving you more edible fish than king crab legs ($35), for instance, because the latter’s shells are heavy. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Where everybody has to put down the phone to eat," 27 Apr. 2018 Saturday's blessing of water vessels - a maritime tradition to mark the start of shrimping season - should be finished before the inclement weather makes it to the island, Barthelemy said. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Fest still on for Saturday," 13 Apr. 2018 Menu options range from their popular burgers to shrimp tacos and a pork and beans dish recommended for sharing. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit women's convention: 14 restaurants you can walk to from Cobo," 25 Oct. 2017 These include Ann Sather cinnamon rolls, deep-dish pizza, and shrimp de jonghe. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is an historical treat," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of shrimp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shrimp

Noun

Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up

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shrimp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shrimp

: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food
informal : a very small or unimportant person

shrimp

noun
\ ˈshrimp How to pronounce shrimp (audio) \

Kids Definition of shrimp

1 : a small shellfish of the sea that is related to the crabs and lobsters and is often used for food
2 : a very small or unimportant person or thing

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